Liparis salassia (Pers.) Summerh. 1953

Plant and Flowers in situ Reunion Photos by © François Vandeschricke and The Orchidees de Reunion Website

Drawing Drawing by © Thouars and Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Deep shade Hot Cool LATESpring THROUGH MIDFall

Common Name The ? Liparis

Flower Size

Found in Madagascar, Mauritius, Comoros and Reunion in humid evergreen forests at elevations of 400 to 1200 meters as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with a reddish to violet stem carrying 2, basal, cordate, crenulate, obtuse leaves that blooms in the late spring through mid fall on a terminal, erect, short, subcorymbose inflorescence with purple violet flowers

Synonyms *Epipactis salassia Pers. 1807; Leptorkis purpurascens (Thouars) Kuntze 1891; Liparis purpurascens (Thouars) Lindl. 1825; Malaxis purpurascens Thouars 1822; Neottia salassia (Pers.) Steud. 1841; Ophrys salassia (Pers.) Comm. ex A.Rich. 1828; Serapias salassia (Pers.) Steud. 1821

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 as Malaxis purpurescens drawing fide; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as L purpurescens; Orchids of Madagascar, Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb and Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo fide